NZ Got Talent gran headlines Cup in Queenstown

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It’s not just about the nags in Queenstown. 

An “inspirational” 92-year-old Christchurch singer will be the star attraction at a Melbourne Cup function for local senior citizens this coming Tuesday. 

Great-grandmother Olivia Turner made the final of TV One’s New Zealand’s Got Talent talent show a year ago for her performance of Frank Sinatra’s classic My Way. 

Among those wowed by her was Wakatipu Senior Citizens Association manager/coordinator Rosie Thompson. 

“I just thought she was so inspirational and it would be great for my seniors to have her. 

“You can still have your dreams and keep doing the things you can do, and I just thought she was amazing.” 

Thompson adds she tracked Turner down through her rest-home then wrote her a letter inviting her down: “She
was so excited.” 

Turner, accompanied by local pianist Mark Wilson, will sing during the Wakatipu Senior Citizens’ ‘High Tea & Fashion on Memorial Street’. 

Members of the Glenorchy branch of Rural Women NZ will model clothes from H&J Smith, while there’ll also be spot prizes for ‘best hat’ and ‘best dressed’. 

The Melbourne Cup itself – the horse race that stops both Australia and NZ – will screen live at 5pm. 

Tickets for the function, starting 3pm, are $20.It’s not just about the nags in Queenstown. 

An “inspirational” 92-year-old Christchurch singer will be the star attraction at a Melbourne Cup function for local senior citizens this coming Tuesday. 

Great-grandmother Olivia Turner made the final of TV One’s New Zealand’s Got Talent talent show a year ago for her performance of Frank Sinatra’s classic My Way. 

Among those wowed by her was Wakatipu Senior Citizens Association manager/coordinator Rosie Thompson. 

“I just thought she was so inspirational and it would be great for my seniors to have her. 

“You can still have your dreams and keep doing the things you can do, and I just thought she was amazing.” 

Thompson adds she tracked Turner down through her rest-home then wrote her a letter inviting her down: “She was so excited.” 

Turner, accompanied by local pianist Mark Wilson, will sing during the Wakatipu Senior Citizens’ ‘High Tea & Fashion on Memorial Street’. 

Members of the Glenorchy branch of Rural Women NZ will model clothes from H&J Smith, while there’ll also be spot prizes for ‘best hat’ and ‘best dressed’. 

The Melbourne Cup itself – the horse race that stops both Australia and NZ – will screen live at 5pm.
Tickets for the function, starting 3pm, are $20.